* Posts by bob, mon!

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

bob, mon!
Unhappy

Sadly this image is missing Comic Sans!

I haven't yet tried to install it, dunno if I will... but this seems a most ironic omission.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

bob, mon!

Marketing deal?

The way I read it is that they really bought access to T-Mobile/ATT/Verizon customers who were previously locked out of Google Wallet in favor of Softcard. You could say the phone companies were being anti-competitive themselves.

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

bob, mon!

lenovo and market pressure

I'll consider replacing my current workstation-grade laptop with a Lenovo - IF they clean up their act, and keep the crapware off and the build quality up. The commercial-grade thinkpads have been sinking, but are still pretty good. And I'll do a fresh OS install anyway.

Sadly, I don't believe that *any* of the vendors are lily-white in this market. If one of them gets burned enough to clean up their act, that'll have to be good enough when it comes to the next sale.

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

bob, mon!

What is the NTIA?

That acronym's expansion seems to have disappeared into the editing....

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

bob, mon!
FAIL

Re: All I want to know is...

> Press ALT: see ribbons overlaid with the available short cuts. As you enter them more specific ones appear.

You ignored the point that the OP can't see. He is not "sighted" and needs "Accessibilty" support that the Ribbon isn't giving him.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

bob, mon!
Meh

Will there be a real professional/enterprise version???

I think there's a reason MS introduced the playsumer version of Win10 first - those rental fees are where they're looking for most of their revenue. Unless they do something truly OUTSTANDING for the pro/enterprise market, companies are going to hold onto Win7 until it goes end-of-life anyway - because there's no business case for replacing something that's working well, and testing/verifying a new OS with current business procedures is a pain to be put off until necessary.

As for doing something truly outstanding, their track record at that can be seen in the evolution of MS Office (okay, I'm used to the ribbon now, but it still seems pointless to me). I have my own copy of Office 2010, work "had to" move on to Office 2013, so I can see its inferiority on a daily basis.

<where's the "crusty curmedgeon" icon?>

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: Call a Doctor

Are you sure Doctor Who doesn't count as a reference to Oz?

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

bob, mon!
WTF?

me stoopid murrican

No idea what "turps", "music tips", or "paired vice slip" mean....

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

bob, mon!

Re: Please help a penguin

It probably allows some sort of attack without needing to know an account/password. Maybe a DOS (heh) or ability to install some malware.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

bob, mon!
Facepalm

Re: Cry me a river

Many users still think a URL starts with "www" as well.

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The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get you off Wi-Fi

bob, mon!
Unhappy

So, Invasive Ad-Hoc Mode

This sounds like a standard for malware.

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

bob, mon!

Re: Can't find it.

The graphic implies a size, showing the wee beastie overlaid on a human torso.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

bob, mon!

Re: Only in America

From my vantage point on this side of the pond, I thought America was run by the rich for the rich? The poor are just there to make the rich richer.

Got it in one.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

bob, mon!
Alien

Re: 24 the ultimate answer

> And there's me thinking that God's computer was, and is, a custom-built IBM mainframe.

A Turing machine is God's computer. And here's us, going back and forth on the tape, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth...

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You don't have to be a genius to tap into Albert Einstein's BRAIN

bob, mon!
Boffin

"Digitised" in a manner of speaking

Sadly, the digitization appears to consist of digital images of documents. I was hoping for searchable text documents, but no joy.

Icon goes with Einstein's material, not my comment.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

bob, mon!
FAIL

Re: easy to perform

> Easy to fix:

> ...

> - remove javascript from existence

OH yeah! Easy-peasy!

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: @ scatter and @ledswinger

Dear disingenuous toad and insufferable cur,

Please trim back all the boring techinical stuff. It distracts from the namecalling.

You capitalist lackeys.

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SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches

bob, mon!
WTF?

Re: Meanwhile, on a web server that was already patched twice

Why the downvotes? It looks to me like Jim 59 is just reporting that someone attempted the crack on his webserver. He says the machine's already patched....

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

bob, mon!

Re: How to check?

That's what my Kubuntu Bash shell gave after I upgraded it (in the last couple of days), so you should be safe. If you have automatic updates turned on, then you got the patch fairly quickly.

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Oi! You noisy servers! Talk among yourselves and stop bothering that poor router!

bob, mon!

Re: Two observations

TCP really doesn't enter into it - they're only specifying UDP with IP.

I get the impression that this technology isn't intended for Internet-facing environments, but rather for backend stuff.

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

bob, mon!

Re: Air Force reverse engineer?

A couple of years ago the Air Force hosted a "Reverse Engineering Workshop". I suspect the author meant "reverse engineer".

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

bob, mon!

must be a Europe thing?

Business-oriented hotels in the U.S. are a lot better about wi-fi than this. Airports aren't, though.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: The real question is...

Will the market run to it, or away from it?

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

bob, mon!

Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

"Dunno, over here most parking meters use solar and probably a rechargeable battery... works pretty well..."

How well do they work in cloudy/snowy/sooty environments? Detroit's not the sunniest place in the world.

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Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

bob, mon!
Unhappy

> "Now, anybody who thinks that is a good idea REALLY needs to LEAVE the industry."

I won't be surprised if my school goes this route. We are a Windows shop by fiat --- the fiat comes from political administrators who a) aren't on-premises, and b) don't use and aren't impacted by the systems that they impose on their subordinate schools.

I'd LOVE it if they'd leave the industry, but they're not in the industry and don't care about it.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

bob, mon!
Meh

When more is less

In my experience a lot of Windows packages have less of a problem with missing dependencies simply because they expect their dependency to be missing, and include it (or a link to it) in the installer as well. Wireshark bringing in the winpcap package, things that tell me to install .NET version foobar, stuff like that.

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Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

bob, mon!

silicon - substrate?

Could TSV be interpreted as Through-Substrate Via? Or am I misunderstanding them?

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

bob, mon!
Holmes

Re: sledgehammer meet nut

For most of the word content I see, notepad would've been good enough.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

bob, mon!

An exabyte here, and exabyte there...

...pretty soon you're talking real storage.

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Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

bob, mon!
Trollface

People in Colorado don't need this to find out how high they're getting.

They need blood tests.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

bob, mon!

Re: Two weeks

Just a guess - the company secretary barely interacts with the OS at all, she does most everything through Office. If she actually maintains a meaningful directory structure for her files, she's above average (regardless of age)...

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

bob, mon!
FAIL

Re: Doh..

I have at least one cable that has the USB symbol on the underside instead of the topside, and a number of cables that don't have the symbol on either side. I've taken to marking the cables with a silver-colored (exCUSE ME, "coloured") permanent marker to identify "up".

Still doesn't help when the port itself was installed upside down.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

bob, mon!
Devil

Re: No mention of microcode?

I first met microcode by writing a routine to do addition for my company's s/370. Oddly, they wouldn't let me try it out on the production system :-)

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bob, mon!
Headmaster

Also, it was RAMAC, not REMAC

As for COBOL --- Grace Hopper retired three times, and was brought back by the Navy twice, before they finally let her go as a Rear Admiral.

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

bob, mon!
FAIL

Freeing up 195MHz in the 5MHz band? I don't think so.

So I can use anything from 97.5MHz down to -97.5MHz? That negative lower bound should prove interesting....

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

bob, mon!
Devil

"(assuming the latter still exist after 2015)"

They won't --- all the currently existing PC kit will turn into pumpkins at midnight, 2015-12-31, per the fine print in the Windows EULA.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

bob, mon!

Verify the hardware first

Do you know the machines will run Win7? If not, get in touch with someone there, if necessary talk 'em through the Control Panel -> System window and find out what processor and memory you're facing. Also, what brand/model of computers.

Most likely, if it's feasible at all, you'll want to pack in some more memory at a minimum. A brush and a couple cans of compressed air would be good, too.

Good luck, and do report back on the exercise.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

bob, mon!
FAIL

It's not a "Windows 7 downgrade"

It's an UPgrade, from Windows XP.

Whether Win 8 is an upgrade or a downgrade is the issue.

All in all, the FAIL icon just seems appropriate.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

bob, mon!
Mushroom

Update pushes "End of support notification" as well...

I presume this is the pop-up nag window that's been bruited about lately. Since I don't intend to update my XP VM, I declined that particulary "Security patch".

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

bob, mon!
Unhappy

Re: Minty

Regrettably for me, the latest version of Minty (201403) claims to require PAE. that may limit its "XP-replacement" potential.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

bob, mon!
Joke

Those displays are BREATH-TAKING !!!!

No, really, I'm gasping in delight (or maybe...in de smog?)

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Three Men in a Tardis

bob, mon!
Alien

Re: Pedant.

Makes you the zero-th denier, doesn't it?

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How to spot a coders comment

bob, mon!
Boffin

Hobbit's original netcat code...

Around 1995 Hobbit wrote "netcat", a useful little telnet/web-broswer substitute. It contained delightful comments, including this:

/* I really want to strangle the twit who dreamed up all these sockaddr and

hostent abstractions, and then forced them all to be incompatible with

each other so you *HAVE* to do all this ridiculous casting back and forth.

If that wasn't bad enough, all the doc insists on referring to local ports

and addresses as "names", which makes NO sense down at the bare metal.

What an absolutely horrid paradigm, and to think of all the people who

have been wasting significant amounts of time fighting with this stupid

deliberate obfuscation over the last 10 years... then again, I like

languages wherein a pointer is a pointer, what you put there is your own

business, the compiler stays out of your face, and sheep are nervous.

Maybe that's why my C code reads like assembler half the time... */

.

.

.

Then there's this little gem:

/* some systems, notably linux, crap into their select timers on return, so

we create a expendable copy and give *that* to select. *Fuck* me ... */

if (timer1)

memcpy (timer2, timer1, sizeof (struct timeval));

rr = select (16, ding2, 0, 0, timer2); /* here it is, kiddies */

if (rr < 0) {

if (errno != EINTR) { /* might have gotten ^Zed, etc ?*/

holler ("select fuxored");

close (fd);

return (1);

}

} /* select fuckup */

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

bob, mon!
Linux

... their half dozen terminal sessions.

By sheerest coincidence, I have six tabs going in my Konsole shell window at the moment. That's on this machine.

And I code in C and Python, for stdin, stdout, and stderr.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

bob, mon!

I'm confused...

Is there a "Seattle" in England, or is there some Washington-State, USA connection here?

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

bob, mon!
Meh

Re: Do the Windows Shuffle!

Just like Star Trek movies... Every Other One Isn't Crap. But my skip list looks more like

Win 3.11

- skip Win95

WinNT

- skip Win2K, Win98/ME

WinXP

- skip Vista

Win7

- skip Win8

...

(Posted from a Vista-licensed machine running Kubuntu with XP in a VM and Win7 networked.)

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

bob, mon!
Headmaster

All seriousness aside

yer all dweebs. SciTE for the win. (For when vim is more than I need.)

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Military-industrial patent troll demands BEEELLIONS from Cisco

bob, mon!
Unhappy

"All Reg readers doubtless wish VirnetX well in this endeavour. "

Yes.

A very deep, dank well. With alligators at the bottom.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

bob, mon!
Facepalm

Sadly, still blocked by Verizon wireless.

Wahhhhh...

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2012 was warmest year ever recorded in USA

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: Uhh...

That period is a decimal point, not a thousands separator. The report is actually claiming 13% of the 510-million figure.

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